BERNINA University and NEW FABRIC Recap 2019!

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Hi everyone,

Are you excited for some summer sewing?  It has been SOOOO hard to keep secrets these last few months so thank goodness I can finally show what I have been working on.  My newest fabric lines for Benartex and Contempo or Benartex were just featured at BERNINA University a week ago and I’m so excited to show you!

If you’d rather watch a video showing all the patterns and fabrics you can find one here:

Pictures speak louder than words so let’s get started!  The new line inspired by the features of my favorite BERNINA machines is called “Celestial Lights”.  It will start shipping in July and is beautifully printed by Benartex with details delineated in pearl inks.

 

There are a variety of shot-cotton prints perfect for embroidered embellishment, including a pearl-on-white not pictured here.

The first Celestial Lights pattern is called Stardust.  It features twelve star embroideries – each with a different blackwork pattern – from the coordinating BERNINA-Exclusive Celestial Lights Collection.  The Embroidery Collection also features the quilting files for this quilt digitized for both longarms and domestic embroidery machines.  There are directions for both a blue and a  red color story.  We’ll be giving tips and tricks for sewing this over on BERNINA’s blog this fall!

Again with red and blue options, is my new piecing pattern – Constellations!  It uses a half yard of twelve fabrics.  Lots of pieces but I REALLY love this one!

And super-fun to piece is Hometown, in a combination of red and blue!

Next up is Floret, a fun appliqué pattern that includes a download code for SVG files.  There is going to be an Aurifil thread box for this one, so you’ll have an easy way to locate the 28 wt. thread I like to use for the blanket stitch and the 12 wt. thread I like to use for the triple-stitched vines.  Also a July ship date.

The fabric collection features five different panels: two ruler panels, two quilting panels, and one embroidery panel.

Shown in the first row: Endless Quilting yardage and the embroidery panel. Shown in the second row: two ruler panels. The Endless Quilting yardage has no divisions between the repeats and extra fabric near the selvage for seams so you can practice quilting to your heart’s content on a project of any size!

The Celestial Lights Embroidery Panel Project Guide shows you how to make that panel into a pillow, table runner, wall hanging, and quilt!

The Celestial Lights Ruler Panel Guide in conjunction with the ruler panels show you how to use my new Good Measure Every Oval Ruler set in a myriad of different ways.   You’ll love this set I promise and guess what?  Hot on its heels will come another new ruler set – RIBBON CANDY!

Next up are my Market lines. With all the BERNINA University prep I never wrote a blog post for them so I apologize for this being a bit late.  The patterns for the patterns below one will be ready in a few weeks.

Silver Jubilee is an elegant sophisticated line in silvers and charcoals, accented with a rich plum.

Because of the traditional nature of the paisley feature print, with patterns I went more modern in feel.  Here is my favorite… Amethyst Jubilee!  (And yes, it is paper-pieced but with just one block and its mirror image.)

Following on its heels in the modern category is Linked.  It is fat-quarter friendly so is super easy to kit!

Then we have Mirror, Mirror.  My goal here was to develop a 10’’ square-friendly pattern that was dynamic and different.

Since Silver Jubilee was modeled after the original gold Jubilee line, I had time to draw another collection.  This one is close to my heart as it arrived in my head pretty much fully formed and that hardly ever happens.  I just love the rich tones in this collection and the birds… even though I’m scared of birds in real life.  Nightingale is very subtly detailed in just a little bit of pearl.

For patterns we have a large-block quilt called Salt Water Taffy…

And Sunrise, which is such fun to quilt with a straight line ruler and simple loops. (I have a video of the quilting somewhere that I’ll have to dig up to show.)  You can use quarter yard cuts or fat quarters for this one.

And then we have my favorite to make because each block was such fun – Night Garden!  This is fat-quarter friendly too.

All patterns include SKU information and will ship in late July; I’ll let you know as soon as they are available.  In the meantime if you love any or all of these lines please ask your local shop to order them through Benartex! Thanks so much and happy quilting!

Amanda

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Introducing Folk Art Fantasy (and a giveaway)!

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Note: This giveaway is now over.   Congratulations to Judy Henly here and to Robyn Randolph Christie over in my Facebook Group!  I wish I had a bundle to give everyone but it will be in stores in July so there isn’t long to wait.  Patterns will be posted in mid-June. 

Hi everyone!

It is now past Spring Market and I can finally show my new collection for Contempo Studios of Benartex – “Folk Art Fantasy”!

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My “Folk Art Fantasy” booth at Spring Market 2017!
“Folk Art Fantasy” prints

This modern collection celebrates the exuberance of and beauty of  handmade things.  It is happy and colorful – just the way quilting should be!  It ships in July and patterns will ship even sooner. (And it coordinates with Sewing Room, which came out last year.)

Without further ado, here are the new patterns…

Folklore
“Folklore”: A medallion quilt which is the inspiration for this collection. The pattern includes a full pull-out placement diagram and SVG files.

 

Folk Garden
“Folk Garden”: A whimsical applique triptych of mini quilts, also including SVG files for digital fabric cutters.

 

Folk Art Lane
“Folk Art Lane”: Build a village house by house! This quilt is entirely pieced and can be used as a block-of-the-month, or you can just make one row for a mini!

 

Folk Art Flowers
“Folk Art Flowers”: This one uses 1/3 yard of 12 fabrics for the blocks and is super-easy to piece. I used motifs from my new Traditional Feathers Quiltng Collection to quilt it. (The Quilting Collection will be out in about another month and is digitized both for domestic embroidery machines and longarms! I’ll post more about that next month.)

 

“All-Star”: Create a dynamic quilt using two colors of fabrics and three sizes of just one block. This one is deceptively easy to piece as it is all built on half-square triangles. There are two color stories of this one and I used the pantographs from my Traditional Feathers Quilting Collection to quilt them.

All quilts were pieced on a BERNINA 7-Series and quilted on the BERNINA Q24 using Aurifil thread, of course!

The patterns will start to ship to shops next week and will be posted to my website mid-June to accommodate my teaching schedule.

If you love what you see, please ask your local shop to order Folk Art Fantasy from Benartex!

Ok, now for the giveaway!  Benartex let me take this beautiful bundle of Folk Art home to give to you guys!  Just comment below to tell me which pattern you like best.  The deadline to enter is at midnight this Sunday, May 28th, 2017.  One comment per person please, and make sure that either your profile is public or you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

For a second chance to win, make sure to do the same on the that shows these new patterns in my Facebook Group.

I hope you love Folk Art Fantasy and have a great week!  Happy quilting!

Amanda

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Fall Quilt Market 2016

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Hi guys!  I’m sorry to say this is a quick recap of a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago.  We had some major tech issues here and had to do a blog restore and I lost all the data for the past couple months.  Tears.  Just trying to recap here so you don’t miss anything!  

Well, Fall Quilt Quilt Market came and went in a blink of an eye once again and I’m just now getting to sharing my new things on the blog.  So without further ado here is Nordic Holiday, my new line for Benartex…

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Some “Nordic Holiday” prints

 

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And more Nordic Holiday prints…

Our Contempo booth won second place!  You can see it below. Cherry Guidry’s Mulberry Lane is on the left of the tree and my Nordic Holiday line is on the right.)

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The Contempo booth at Quilt Market

And here are close-ups of the prints in the collection – my favorite thing about them is that they are more of winter focus, so can be kept out all winter long.  I’m so excited to see what you guys sew with them!  (And please don’t forget to tag me on so that I can see them @amandamurphydesign on Instagram!)

The quilt that inspired the collection was my Nordic Row Sampler.  The Nordic Row Sampler is shown hanging is in red and aqua. There is a red and green version too. This quilt pieced entirely from strip sets! 

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“Nordic Row Sampler”

I wanted my other large quilt to be quite different.  Here is a softer Starry Night Starry Night in blues and greens. Matching runner and placemat directions are included in the pattern.  

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“Starry Night”

Next up is Northern Lights… a set of minis similar to my pattern that can also be finished as pillows.

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“Northern Lights”

And Starstruck is back, making an encore appearance because the graphic stars make this 2-1/2” strip quilt just perfect for this collection.

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“Starstruck”, surrounded by pillows made from Nordic Row Sampler blocks.

We made Christmas ornaments in our hotel room the night before.  These were super easy!   Just take an embroidery hoop and remove the screw, spray the outer hoop white, put the screw back in and insert batting and fabric.  Then trim the fabric flush with the back of the hoop.

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Patterns will come as soon as yardage is here so everything can be proofed.  Northern Lights and Starstruck are already at the printer and the larger project directions will ship in first quarter of next year.  The Nordic Holiday fabric line ships in April and the embroidery collection is already here and can be ordered at your local shop.  

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Some Nordic Holiday embroidery designs, available from OESD.

 

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More Nordic Holiday embroidery designs, available from OESD.

If you love the line please ask them to order it from Contempo, by Benartex.  Thanks, guys!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

 

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